“Science, Neil [Armstrong] tells us, has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10. In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.
The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.”
The reason why #RS is so special to me is because it’s not just a tribute that focuses on one person… it’s a tribute that focuses on all of us.
For all of the world’s troubles and (to use Nick’s favorite word) fuckedupness… it’s hard to deny that there is far more beauty in this world than anything else. Beauty in our surroundings and beauty in ourselves.
That beauty is a gift.
Some of it was given to us and some of it was created by us and creation comes from dreaming. So when people ask, what does the first Man on the Moon have to do with a tribute to Reeva… well, in honor of Reeva’s legacy, it is the recognition of the power of our dreams.
While writing about Reeva and considering the life that she lived, I thought a lot about her parents, and I thought a lot about my mine. Just like all families, my family has not been without struggle, as I discuss in the books. But those struggles pale greatly in comparison to the love that we share for each other and it reminds me that we are nothing in this world without the people that we love and the people that support us.
The 1960’s were a pivotal time for America. The decade began with the romance of Camelot and ended triumphantly with a Man on the Moon. But in between, we suffered the loss of three great men who had done so much to change the minds and hearts of this world – JFK, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. – and it could have been so easy for everybody to give up and stop chasing dreams in the wake of that devastation. But the opposite happened. Those losses fueled a fire that changed our ability to dream and explore forever.
I wanted to talk to my Dad about what it was like to live during that time and witness the broadcast of the
Man on the Moon
My Dad (and my Mom) have always encouraged my brother and I to be our very best and to shoot for the Moon.
They have selflessly pushed us to go after everything in life that inspires us and were always the ones cheering loudest from the sidelines. This post is in honor of them! Thanks, Mom and Dad.
I love you to the Moon and back.
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